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welcome to cnn newsroom. i'm robin curnow. thanks so much for ginning me this hour. coming up america emphasis new covid surge. where the virus is raging and how officials are trying to get it under control. plus honoring a prince. people around the world are remembering queen elizabeth husband, prince philip. we have new information about the royal funeral. plus -- >> you want democracy? we want democracy. >> cnn gets exclusive access inside myanmar. we'll show you what's really
happening there. >> announcer: live from cnn center this is "cnn newsroom" with robyn curnow. michigan's alarming spike in covid cases has the governor pleading for more vaccines to be rushed to her state. take a look at the rise in cases. on saturday alone the state reported nearly 7,000 new cases and as hospitalizations increase some health providers in pligs a michigan are delaying nonemergency procedures on a case by case basis. meantime at least four u.s. states are now reporting adverse reactions to johnson & johnson's covid vaccine. but the cdc says states should continue to administer the vaccine and has not found any reason for concern. the latest on america's fight against the virus. >> the second we let our guard down it comes roaring back. >> reporter: as covid-19 cases
soar to alarming levels in michigan, a warning. >> we're on track to potentially see a surge in cases that's even greater than the one we see in the fall. >> reporter: the state's positivity rate is up to 18% and hospitalizations are climbing. governor gretchen whitmer is asking high schools to go remote, youth sports to pause and encouraging citizens to skip indoor dining for the next two weeks. >>. >> by year end we all know what works and this has to be a team effort. we have to do this together. >> reporter: vaccinations in the state continue but not fast enough. the governor is pleading for more vaccines from the federal government. as the destruction of the supply of johnson & johnson vaccines continues to take a toll across the u.s. >> we really should be surging vaccines to states that are experiencing serious outbreaks. >> reporter: the coordinator of the white house coronavirus response says the federal government will offer states
with outbreaks additional testing and personnel but as of now will not increase the number of vaccines. >> the virus is unpredictable. we don't know where the next increase in cases could occur. we're not even halfway through our vaccination program, so now is not the time to change course on vaccine allocation. >> reporter: this as the cdc is aware of four states that have reported some adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine. several states even halting distribution of that vaccine. the cdc is not recommending health departments stop administering johnson & johnson shots at this time, and at least one county in north carolina plans on resuming doses as soon as monday. >> right now the benefits certainly outweigh the risks but more information hopefully will come out to the general public. >> and what could be promising news, drugmaker pfizer asking the fda for emergency use authorization of its covid-19 vaccine to expand to children ages 12 to 15 in the u.s. currently it's approved for people 16 and up only.
>> i'm very optimistic about this. we need them to get the benefit of the vaccine and also help us to reach herd immunity a lot faster. >> reporter: and vaccine requirements are becoming part of the new normal. 16 colleges and universities and counting, the latest duke university will require students to show proof of full vaccination before returning to on campus classes this fall. evan mcmorris santoro, cnn, new york. >> the chair of the department of medicine at the university of california san francisco. doctor, thank you very much for joining us. good to see you. this has been an extraordinary few weeks, few months after i know from my experience of reporting for a year on the dire state of the u.s. numbers and death rate, now we're seeing the extraordinary rollout of the vaccine. it's almost mind-boggling how fast it's going compared to the rest of the world. how much credit should the biden administration take here?
>> a lot. there's very little credit i give to the trump administration about its covid response, but i have to say the operation warp speed worked very well. they got the vaccine produced, but the rollout was going quite poorly. and when the biden administration took over, it really picked up speed and now it's humming on all cylinders. 30 million or so doses a day, probably the second in the world after england, after the u.k. in terms of large countries getting the vaccine out. it's quite impressive right now. >> it certainly is. and what, though, are the risks involved in what dr. fauci has called this high plateau? what does that mean and how is a vaccine uptake and vaccine hesitancy in many ways canceling each other out? >> yeah, it's not so much vaccine hesitancy yet because there are still more people who want the vaccine than there are vaccines. but does look look like in
certain states particularly in the south of the country we're beginning to see the point there are more vaccines available than people tat want to take it and in the rest of the country the demand is very high. the plateau right now isn't really from hesitancy. it's from the downward pressure from vaccination. a lot of people are vaccinated and they are not getting covid and they're not getting sick. but on the other hand for the unvaccinated it may be the most dangerous time of all because the variants are here. they are nastier, they're more infectious, they're more serious and people are beginning to let their guard down. so if you are unvaccinated and you hear that things are doing better, unfortunately, states are letting things open a little bit too fast and people are hearing the message that it's safe. if you're unvaccinated it's not any safer than it was for the last year and if anything a little less safe because of the variants. that plateau is sort of the average of vaccinated people doing really, really well, unvaccinated people doing less
well and so it looks like it's pretty flat. >> because the u.k. rvariant is more dominant now, isn't it? >> the u.k. variant is the more dominant type and it is a better virus. 60% more infectious, 60% more serious, and the vaccines work perfectly well on the u.k. variant. so if you are vaccinated you're in good shape, and we're seeing plummeting case rates in people vaccinated. the problem when we look at states like michigan and to some extent new york, new jersey we're seeing rising case rates in the unvaccinated. the hope is more and more people get vaccinated the downward pressure on the curve will pick up and the plateau will start going into the fall again. but for now it's really two different populations and the unvaccinated, i really hope they get vaccinated because life is better if you're vaccinated. you're not going to get sick, not going to get covid and it is
the right thing to do. >> thank you very much for joining us and sharing your expertise with us. thank you. >> my pleasure. people have been laying flowers outside windsor castle in england to remember prince philip who died peacefully on friday at the age of 99. and we are learning more about the funeral and barrel arrangements for queen elizabeth's husband. the ceremonial royal funeral service will take place on saturday, april 17 and be low-key in line with his wishes and covid guidelines which allow for at most 30 people to attend. we know that prince harry will flyover from california although his wife meghan who's pregnant with their second child will not attend. isa soares joins us now from england. what's the mood like at the moment? >> good morning to you, robyn. it's been a somber mood but has
changed somewhat from shock. most people now reflecting on the duke's legacy really and his service to queen and country. so many of the people i've spoken to, robyn, have said he was always present, he was always there, he was always a few steps behind the queen when he was obviously in public. but inside we know he was her confidant, her friend, her rock really, her strength and stay as the queen has said before. so many people i've spoken to have really caught on that and also mentioned how painful, how hard it must be for the queen in this moment of grief. of course the queen has been incredibly busy, robyn, as you can imagine. she has gone through the plan, funeral plan for the duke of eden borough. she's the one who gave the approval for that final approval. and like you said it's going to be small, intimate and a bit
low-key because he's the sort of person he didn't want much fuss over his funeral. he wanted something simple. and what we'll see is a very intimate funeral on the 17th of april. only 30 members of the public, of the royal family attending. we know harry will be one of those, and there will be a small procession. but everything will be kept within the grounds of windsor castle, robyn. >> thank you very much, isa soares in windsor. and much more ahead this hour. cnn is the first western tv network to be allowed inside myanmar since the military coup. we'll get a look at the crisis as the death toll continues to climb. and cooler weather could be bad news for south american countries struggling with the coronavirus. what governments are doing to combat a tide of new infections. that's also ahead. you're watching cnn. try our new scented oils for freshness that lasts. crafted to give you amazingly natural smelling fragrances, day after day...
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that's the same day a monitoring group says security forces killed at least 82 people. the military claims it was attacked by protesters, however the assistant association for political prisoners report troops used rifles, hand grenades and even rocket propelled dpru nades on peoples homes. the group says the military has killed more than 700 people since the coup in february but estimate the actual death toll is likely much, much higher. cnn's chief international correspondent clarissa ward has just returned from myanmar where she and her team were the first western tv journalists allowed into the country since the coup. they were under military escort, their every movement carefully controlled, yet they still had a chance to see what is really happening on the ground. >> reporter: by day the hunta continues its brutal crack down killing pro democracy protesters who refuse to submit to military
rule. at night the raids begin as soldiers round up activists and drag away the dead, their bodies evidence of the military's shoot to kill tactics. two months after overthrowing myanmar's democratically elected government in a coup, the hunta has been unapologetic in its r ruthlessness and silent in the face of international outrage. fearless local journalists and anthivists have risked everything to show the world what is happening while outside access to the country has been blocked. but now the military he's granted cnn the first access to visit myanmar. from the moment we arrive our movements are tightly controlled. gives you a sense of the intense level of security with us. one, two, three, another three over there. six trucks full of soldiers accompanying our every move. at township offices across
yangon alleged victims oof the protest movement dutifully await us. they tell us they've been beaten and threatened and humiliated by the violators, a perjorative term the military uses for the pro-democracy protesters. in the north the local administrator complains the demonstrators were noisy and broke the law by gathering in groups of more than five. are you seriously comparing these infractions to more than 500 people being killed among them children? are you saying that these are equal? our minders are perturbed by the question and it goes unanswered. they take us to a shopping center one of two attacked by arsonists overnight. like many businesses in myanmar they are partially owned by the military. the strong implication from our minders is that the protesters are to blame. it's a similar story at several
burned out factories. this is the third factory that the military wanted to show us. they say it's clear proof that the protesters are violent, that they have been setting fire to businesses like this. but the protesters say they had nothing to do with it at all, and the factory owners who we've spoken to say they simply don't know who's responsible. sandra's chinese owned garment factory was completely destroyed. she asked we not show her face. who is the government right now in myanmar? sorry, is that a hard question? >> i don't know. >> reporter: every moment of our visit is carefully choreographed. when protesters begin posting
about our movements on social media the military cuts off wifiacross the country. still from the window of our convoy we catch glimpses of reality. some people from the balcony just flashed three fingers at me. that's the hungers game salute which has become emblematic of this up rising. i'm speaking quietly because i don't want our minders to know what they just did because honestly it could be a dangerous situation for them. we pass a small protest rejecting myanmar's return to more than half a century of repressive military rule. their banner calls for a spring revolution. our minders won't let us stop. finally after days of pushing we're allowed to visit a public space, an open market. we avoid approaching anyone mindful of the fact we are surrounded by security forces.
but within minutes one brave man flashes the three finger salute. i'm assuming you made a sign. tell me what you mean by making that sign? you want justice? moments later another man approaches. as word of our presence spreads we hear an unmistakable sound. banging pots and pans is a tradition to get rid of evil spirits. but it has become the signature sound of resistance. this young teacher says she ran to talk to us when she heard the noise. you want democracy?
>> we want democracy. we don't want military coup. >> reporter: we're surrounded by military like this guy. >> i'm not afraid at all. >> reporter: like many young people she sees her future being ripped away. >> we don't want to go back to the dark age. we lost our voice, and we had democracy only for ten years because we don't have weapons, we don't have gangs. we only have voice. >> reporter: but even words can be punished here. not wanting the situation to escalate we decide to leave the market. as people honk their horns in support of the protest movement. the hunta has grossly underestimated the determination of its people and the growing hatred for the military. in the capital we finally have
the opportunity to confront myanmar's senior military leadership. >> translator: i will tell you the reason why we have to crack down. the protests were peaceful from february 1st to the 8th. the reason for the crack down was because they blocked civil servants. the security forces are giving warnings. firstly shouting to break the crowds and then shooting in the air. and the crowds are throwing stones and using sling shots. >> reporter: are you seriously comparing stones and sling shots to assault rifles? the military is using weapons against its own people that really only belong on the battlefield. >> translator: the main thing is they're not only using stones and sling shots. we have evidence they use gasoline and mall tav cocktails. you have to add those too. for the security forces they use crack down weapons for riots. there will be deaths when they are cracking down the riots but
we are not shooting without discipline with the rifles we use for the front lines. >> reporter: so this is cctv footage of 17-year-old -- going past the police convoy. you can see the police shoot him on the spot. his autopsy later said that he suffered brain injury as a result of a cycling accident, which i think we can all see that's nuot a cycling accident. how do you explain this? >> translator: if that kind of thing has occurred we will have investigations for it. we will investigate it if it's true or not. there may be some videos which look suspicious, but for our forces we don't have any intention to shoot at innocent people. >> reporter: so a 14-year-old who was killed by your forces, what do you say to his mother? you say that he was a violent protester? or what would you say to the
father of a 13-year-old also shot dead by your forces? >> translator: we have heard about the deaths of the children, too. there is no reason we will shoot children. this is only the terrorists that are trying to make us look bad. >> reporter: but the lies are paper thin. according to the u.n. as of march 31st at least 44 children have been killed. back in yangon our minders take us to another market in a military area, keen to show they have popular support. but the ploy backfires. i understand. a man just told me we want democracy has he walked past, but he was too scared to stop and talk. others are more bold.
these people are not activists. they are ordinary citizens and they live in fear of the military. you have goose bumps. you're like shivering. >> they are not human. >> reporter: yeah, they're not human. they are desperate for the outside world to know their pain. one girl approaches us shaking. i feel like you're very nervous. are you okay? >> yeah, yeah. we are not safe anymore. >> reporter: i don't want you to get in trouble. i don't want you to get arrested. she knows her bravery will certainly be punished but this is resistance movement built on small acts of great courage. clarissa ward, cnn, myanmar. >> and that woman was arrested
just as she was running away from the market. ten others were also arrested for talking to cnn. thankfully they were all released after a couple of days. now, there's much more clarissa's team at cnn.com. breaking down what myanmar's military says to justify their brutal crack down and whether it matches reality. and coming up, the paris elite are helping themselves to an extra serving of controversy. coming up, police bust another party full of dinner guests defying covid rules. we'll have a live report when we return. plus president biden prepares to push ahead with his enormous infrastructure plan. the latest from washington. that's also next. fragrance rms infused with natural essential oils into a mist. to awaken your home with an experience you can see, smell, and feel. it's air care, redefined. air wick essential mist. connect to nature.
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welcome back. to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm robyn curnow. it's 29 minutes past the hour. you're watching cnn, of course. so a surge in new covid infections is devastating several countries in south america. this comes the southern hemisphere moves toward cooler temperatures and conditions where the virus thrives. paula newton takes a look how governments are responding. >> reporter: more than 100 days since coronavirus vaccinations began in south america a deadly covid resurgence is striking the region. as a state we have failed said the peruven president friday apologizing to all who have lost loved ones in the pandemic. peru is among the countries
suffering a second wave of infections as hospitals struggle to keep up. the past week saw more dying each day than any other time this year. brazil, paraguay and urguay as the country's outbreak spirals out of control. during his weekly streaming address president baolsanaro sad the situation is complicated. he's also deflected criticism for a sputtering vaccine rollout while little over 10% of the population has received their first dose. it was in brazil where a coronavirus variant was first discovered which experts now partially blame for the region's covid resurgence. several countries have restricted flights and closed their borders with brazil as
they renew efforts to fight rising cases at home. like neighboring columbia, it's curbed movement to and from brazil and extended its coronavirus measures across the nation. in argentina a nighttime curfew began this weekend until april 30th. it was announced by the president from his official residence where he's self-isolating while he himself is infected. other countries like chile are also reimposing measures as previous hopes of an easing pandemic dissolve. still despite a grim outlook right across the region, those who look can find small victories. hospital staff at northern columbia cheered this 104-year-old woman who recovered from coronavirus for the second time. she was discharged after a 21-day stay. one of the lucky to survive. her miraculous story a rare moment of hope. as south america continues a
grueling battle with covid-19. paula newton, cnn. >> health experts in germany warn the crisis at intensive care units. they say they've run out of all available icu beds. the uptick in patients is also putting a strain on health care workers and leading to staffing shortages. new covid infections have spiked in germany this month. today earlier german officials reported more than 17,000 new cases over a 24-hour period. and then in france more than 100 people are facing fines for defying covid restrictions at a paris restaurant. prosecutors are investigating after police broke up the secret party on friday. the news comes right after france began a new lock down and similar events were already driving controversy. let's go straight to jim bitterman. just outside paris. tell us about this incident. >> reporter: hi there. in fact it's become something of a norm here, in fact. there's been a number of these
incidents maybe not quite as large as the one you mentioned but in fact a number of restaurants have been bustedch we saw over the weekend, for example, our colleagues at the sister network here bfm were taken along with the police as they raided a restaurant elsewhere in paris. a few people were given fines, and they came in and basically took a lot of names and handed out the fines to the folks that were there. the police have let it be known they're not going to be showing any mercy this weekend particularly because this is the first weekend of school vacation is here. they're going to be out and about they say on the highways making sure people obey the restrictions on moving from one region to the next. but all of these have really not had the kind of impact the government would like in the sense the numbers keep going up. the icu beds are well over 100% occupied by covid patients. they had to make more icu capacity because of that. and so as a consequence now
they've announced majors to accelerate and expand the covid vaccination campaign. and starting tomorrow people over the age of 55 here no matter what their underlying health conditions will be able to get vaccinated against covid. they're also going to be getting johnson & johnson vaccines online here. and they're also going to delay the time between the first and second shots of the other mrna vaccines from 4 weeks to 6 weeks. the idea being that will give them more vaccines to hand out for a first dose for people around the country. they're running around almost 11 million now people that have been vaccinated with at least the first dose in france. that's about a sixth of the population. that campaign also takes on a kind of new kind of publicity. over the weekend we saw on the instagram site of president
macron a kind of hip approach maybe to attract young people. here. have a look at what we saw. ♪ so you can kind of see that vaccinate, vaccinate is the watch word as the government tries to get people to get out there and get vaccinated and tries to come back with the vaccine hesitancy. so some good news for covid stir-crazy californians. they'll soon be able to go back to live events including concerts, plays and sports. but there are still some limits. paul vercammen shows us how venues are preparing for people to return. take a look at this. >> reporter: a massive game changer in california, live events are coming back with people in the stands. this is staples center.
this is where the basketball teams, the clippers and the lakers play along with hockey's kings. the word is now we're going to see the first fans come into the stands at a laker game. that's on thursday. and then down the road we may see full capacity. throughout the los angeles area, throughout california iconic venues such as the hollywood bowl saying that they're excited but they're panicking because they have to rehire their employees. so jobs will be open again in california for these live events, and also something going by the wayside for at least the near future, that printed out ticket stub. had you been jobs does that mean here at staples alone? >> it's thousands. it's thousands of part time staff when you think on any given night there are hundreds and hundreds of people from security officers, ushers, ticket takers, concession workers working throughout the venue. so on any given night there will be hundreds of staffer here and we start back up next week.
one of the lessons learned how things going to change we think about things like airplane purification, paperless tickets, cashless payments. these are the things that our fans have told us they need to see and sense in order to build up that trust and confidence to come back to live events. so we want to make sure that we create the safest possible environment for them. >> reporter: aeg owns staple center and on thursday they're going to welcome fans back into the stands. they'll be here for a laker game. it'll be the first time lakers fans have seen their team in person since the lakers won the world championship. reporting from los angeles, i'm paul vercammen. now back to you. >> thanks, paul. so japanese doctors say they have successfully performed the first ever lung transplant to a covid patient from a living donor. will ripply explains why this is totally a game changer. >> reporter: for patients with severe cases of covid-19 the simple act of breathing is a
battle, a losing battle for a kyoto hospital university patient identified only as a woman from kansai in western japan. covid-19 destroyed her lungs leaving her trapped on life support long after the virus was gone. her only hope a lung tissue transplant. doctors say the procedure has worked for covid patients in the u.s., china and europe. all using donors who are brain dead. those donors the hospital says are so rare in japan most will die waiting. kyoto university doctors wondered why not use living donors, a more realistic option in japan. >> translator: until now lung transplants from living donors were not an option. >> reporter: they did not have to look far. the woman's husband donated part of his left lung, her son part of his right lung. a team of 30 took nearly 11
hours successfully completing what doctors call the world's first tlransplant of lung tissu from living donors to a covid-19 patient. giving hope for others with severe lung damage doctors say. >> we think it is a hopeful treatment method for patients in the sense that they now have this new option. >> reporter: in about two months doctors expect their patient to be able to leave the hospital. soon after that back to normal life. husband and son by her side. each breath almost stolen by covid-19. a second chance at life. will ripply, cnn, hong kong. next on cnn the hellish smell of sulfur and heavy ash are spreading throughout the island of st. vincent all from that erupting volcano. we'll bring you the latest later on in the show. plus president biden has a very
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the u.s. defense secretary is in israel this hour. lloyd austin is on a tour visiting allies and expected to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and israel's defense minister. this is an important trip. what is the message? >> reporter: well, robyn, right now we're expecting any minute secretary austin to receive a ceremonial honor guard welcome he arrived in israel in just the last few hours. and a significant visit not only because it's the first cabinet level visit from a biden level official to israel but also because it comes at a time of rising tensions in israel especially in regards to iran. the u.s. of course is trying to renegotiate the iran deal that the trump administration pulled out of. the israelis are vehemently
against returning to the 2015 deal and actually prime minister netanyahu in a speech on wednesday seemed to be sending a speech to the americans on this saying a deal with iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us. u.s. officials traveling with austin told reporters on the way to israel that the biden administration is committed to consult with israelis over iran, they have mutual interest over this. i'm sure this will be discussed a lot today in the meetings today. these u.s. officials told reporters that president biden has been very clear iran will not get a nuclear weapon. we will not allow iran's kind of bad regional behavior to go unnoticed and unchecked. now some of that bad regional behavior they be referring to some reported skirmishes at sea between israel and iran. defense experts here do not think these skirmishes are -- but definitely ratcheting up the tensions a bit.
staying they support israel's right to defend itself and tranqly they also believe in a stable and secure middle east which they have seen the iranians undermining left and right. i should also note, robyn, this is significant week for austin to be visiting israel and i think it's symbolically important scheduling-wise because this is the week israel celebrates both memorial day and independence day. there's no question of course there's a reason why austin is visiting israel during this week. >> and just so our viewers know you started talking this is in tel aviv, this looks like the arrival of perhaps lloyd austin receiving an honor guard there welcome in israel. certainly an interesting time. you talk about the silymbolism t also an interesting time politically for benjamin netanyahu. and as you're talking if you can talk us through these pictures that we're seeing. >> reporter: so right now we're seeing this might be the arrival
of the defense secretary or other officials. they will be receiving an honor guard. he will be meeting with various officials in israel of course before he continues on with this trip. but you're right this is an interesting type politically for him to be visiting because prime minister netanyahu is in the middle of trying to form the next government. this comes just a few weeks after rather an election that really gave israelis no clear answer on which party, which person could cobble together a majority in the israeli parliament. right now netanyahu is in talks with various other parties trying to cobble together this majority coalition to get to that magic 61 seat number he needs. but really it's not clear if he'll be able to get it. but even if he can't get to it within the next month or so he has to do so whether anybody else, any other candidate could possibly get to that majority and of course if no one can get to that majority, could cobble together that coalition, the
israelis could be facing an unprecedented election in just a few months. >> thanks so much for that in jerusalem monitoring this trip by the u.s. defense secretary. thank you. u.s. president joe biden is preparing to push ahead with his infrastructure plan next week after meetings with his top advisers this weekend. and there's another big, big topic on the agenda, too, climate change. arlette saenz has the details on that. >> reporter: president biden spent saturday meeting with senior members of his team here at the white house. and one of those meetings focused on climate issues. vice president kamala harris was also in attendance for that meeting and secretary of state tony blinken and the special presidential envoy for climate, john kerry, were also seen arriving here at the white house saturday afternoon. this meeting comes as the president is preparing to host a virtual climate summit with world leaders later this month. he's invited about 40 world leaders to attend virtually this
summit including china and russia. though the final attendee list has yet to be finalized and released. now, on top of the president's meetings here at the white house on saturday his immediate focus is infrastructure as he's preparing to host a bipartisan group of lawmakers here at the white house on monday to talk about that massive $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal. the white house has said he will have more meetings in the coming weeks as he's starting to launch those negotiations to try to get this package passed. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. volcanic ash now stretches over the entire length of st. vincent in the caribbean and the air reeks of sulfur. after the break our derek van dam will bring us the latest on the island's erupting volcano.
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tornado, glad we are heading back now. and emergency officials in st. vincent say an extremely heavy ash fall and smell of sulfur are blanketing the island. it's coming from the volcano in the north all the way to the capital kingstown in the south. officials say the volcano erupted at least three times on friday and could keep on erupting for weeks. so let's go to derek van dam. derek is monitoring all of this. this is quite devastating the impact of this ash, isn't it? >> reporter: yeah, it is. and we're starting to get some social media interaction talking about how there is a complete island-wide power outage that has occurred about 1:00 a.m. this morning local time. and that coincides what i believe to be one of the most violent explosive eres that's occurred this fall with this recent volcano. i've been monitoring this latest
satellite imagery. you can see this billowing smoke cloud from the island of st. vincent. it's the most recent one within the past three hours i'm quite concerned about because you can see how intense it actually was and there's almost that circular ring of cloud that explains to me as a meteorologist this was a very aggressive and explosive eruption that has just recently occurred. getting some of the images from the ground this is in barbados, look at how the volcanic ash has turned the day sky into a night sky. that is how impactful this volcanic ash can be on surrounding islands and locations. the satellite imagery coming from this area is just incredible. look at that brownish kind of smoky haze that drifted to the east covering barbados. that is why we're seeing that day turned into night across this particular island. you can see the volcanic hazard map. anywhere you see that shading of red and orange, these are the
locations that have been evacuated properly from the island of st. vincent. there are over 76 shelters with 2,000-plus people taking advantage of that. this ash fall is going to continue as long as these explosive volcanic eruptions occur. and it has been so explosive there's been reports of volcanic lightening. this is phenomenon that's unique to particularly explosive volcanos. you've got a lot of charged ash particles that interact with each other, discharge electricity creating lighten within that ash column and creates quite a sight, a very ominous sight certainly for anyone on the ground within that area. wow, what an amazing story we're covering here on cnn. >> yeah, it certainly is. we need to keep an eye on that. keep us posted. derek van dam there, thank you. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm robyn curnow. another hour of cnn is next with my colleague, paula newton.
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